Looking for graphic novels and comics, plus books on street art, hot rods, anti-capitalism, tattoos, or knitting? This Hampden fave stocks them all. Plus, check out their great ’zine collection. 3620 Falls Rd., 410-662-4444
This worker owned and collectively run basement bookstore and coffeehouse in Mt. Vernon is named after anarchist Emma Goldman and filled with books about organizing and activism, eco-defense, and poetry. 800 St. Paul St., 410-230-0450
The Book Escape
An amazingly easy-to-navigate used bookstore, this Federal Hill shop carries books on every topic: Shakespeare, film, nature, crafts, war, etc. Plus, some brand new tomes and a healthy local interest section. 805 Light St., 410-576-8885
Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe
Ask co-owner Nicole Ufferfilge-Selhorst to pick her favorite children’s book—and you’ll end up with a pile bigger than your kid. This Lauraville spot also hosts author signings, sing alongs, and book clubs. 4337 Harford Rd., 410-444-4440
Other places to read: The Children’s Bookstore, The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore Chop, and Daedalus Books & Music.